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NEW YORK - March 17, 2019 - Amzeal -- Here's our top story: Azure's win with Volkswagen shows even carmakers may fear Amazon, reports CNBC. As previously reported, the carmaker chose Azure after considering AWS, but why?  VW said AWS is doing "things" in connectivity that could seep into Volkswagen's market. VW had been using AWS for some of its apps like "We Park", and those will be ported over to Azure. VW plans to build new services on Microsoft's cloud in areas like predictive maintenance, charging and personalization. The reality in today's hyper competitive cloud markets is that true allegiances are becoming a bit murky. While Volkswagen is pushing workloads to Microsoft, AWS has a sizable auto business of its own, with BMW, Audi and the Toyota Research Institute all listed as customers.

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In other news, CI/CD is outpacing automation to support continuous development. A recent survey of 500 IT executives found 58% of enterprises deploy a new build daily, and 26% hourly. But this non-stop stream of software needs constant quality assurance through continuous testing. Interestingly, the same study also found that automation was only being used to execute 24% of test cases. How can your team support successful continuous testing? Here are the keys say experts: visibility of quality processes by implementing customized QA dashboards across CI/CD pipelines, set up automated testing cycles, leverage AI and machine learning to optimize test cycles, and automate the self-provisioning of test data.

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Meanwhile, Microsoft is tweaking its Game Stack platform to help creators speed development, says Windows Report. Various services including Xbox Live, DirectX, App Center, Visual Studio, Havok, and PlayFab are brought together -- all of these services were available individually. So game developers can now find all of them in the form of an easier-to-use bundle. Of course, Azure plays a vital role in the Game Stack and offers a sustainable and secure infrastructure around the globe in 54 regions.

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How `bout this one: Vectordash is looking to allow people with underpowered rigs not meant for gaming — such as Apple computers — to experience quality PC gaming with the help of individuals willing to rent their spare power for cloud rendering, reports Tech Crunch. This means that, in theory, even those with a Macbook Air could game at 4K resolution and 60 frames-per-second, given their internet bandwidth is capable of handling that amount of data. If this sounds too good to be true, it's not. Cloud rendering itself is nothing particularly new, so this idea is far from half-baked. Sony launched a cloud rendering service in PlayStation Now years ago — though it never really took off. Nevertheless, the company proved that cloud rendering is a viable option for gaming going forward.

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In other news, Threat Stack's next stage of multi-cloud support for containers is now available. Leveraging full workload observability of all major public cloud platforms including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) gives customers the flexibility to scale and grow their business using the cloud platform of their choosing without sacrificing security. A recent survey found 75%  of organizations will be approaching their cloud computing IaaS strategy through multi-cloud adoption by 2022. "Multi-cloud is quickly becoming the standard" said the company. "Providing workload observability into your cloud infrastructure, regardless of deployment model is a critical aspect of true full-stack cloud security observability."

And lastly, choosing AWS -- and their web solution Kinesis -- for setting up a data lake continues to be a strong choice. Kinesis makes data streaming easy, says Analytics India Magazine. It helps build custom applications that process or analyse streaming data using standard SQL queries. Kinesis allows the user to create availability zones which act as data centres. These zones take in data from various sources like websites or mobile apps. And then push it to archives like S3 or for sliding window analysis with DynamoDB. Kinesis streams offer various stream processing choices for apps running on EC2, Lambda, Apache Spark, Apache Flink

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